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Thursday, July 19, 2012 @ 10:37:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

You work a minimum of 40 hours a week. You have a family, a home to keep up, friends and relatives who want to see you now and again and all sorts of demands on your time. In short, life is fuller than full and one result is that over and over again I hear people say "I don't have time to exercise." You know, you've heard it before and possibly even said it yourself a few times. How can you possibly add regular exercise to an already overflowing life? Having maintained a regular exercise program for most of my adult life, I've come to two conclusions. First, I simply couldn't have handled the busy pace I've lived while also fulfilling my many responsibilities without regularly exercising three or four days each week. Exercise has many benefits, two of which are increasing daily energy and reducing the effects of stress.

The second conclusion seems almost ironic, but I'm convinced that exercise is actually a net gain of time. I really believe that the hours we spend exercising actually add more hours of effectiveness and efficiency each week than the time those hours of exercise require. My ability to think clearly, to problem solve and be creative at work, and to more effectively handle the stress that life throws at me is significantly improved when I am maintaining regular exercise. I've found this second conclusion to be more and more true as I get older.

Exercise comes in many forms. During my later college years, and for about 15 years after that, running was my exercise of choice. One of my fondest memories is running a half marathon with my wife and our daughter. The time training together was a special season for our family and provided good motivation to keep training. As I began experiencing a few knee problems from running, I later switched to bike riding for the next 10 years or so. Bike riding was followed by swimming, which then became my exercise of choice for many years after that.

When I finally burned out from swimming, I again adjusted my exercise routine. Since then, I've tried a variety of modalities: spinning classes, CrossFit, Pilates, weight training, step classes, hiking, and, more recently, working with a personal trainer. If you aren't suffering from an injury, CrossFit is an excellent choice, as it incorporates community accountability in measuring one's physical progress. The specific type of exercise you choose isn't as important, though, as finding an activity that you can enjoy for your specific season of life.

Do you have a regular exercise program? It's never too late to start, but if you haven't been exercising regularly, I encourage you to start slowly. There are only a few areas of life where you truly have some control, and how you handle your physical body is one of those areas. I challenge you to make a decision to commit to some form of exercise over the next 2 months. I predict that you will begin to notice a difference that will then encourage you to form a regular habit. You know it makes sense so why not make this decision to improve your overall life? Not only will you feel better, but you'll be more effective at work and have more energy at home.

Comments
I absolutely love this blog. I have found exercise to be essential for my physical as well as mental health. As a teenager I was a dancer and have explored many modalities since. I find exercise to be a great stress reliever and a part of my day that I always look forward to. I have seen first hand the ill effects lack of physical exercise can have on the body as we age and look at my regimen of healthy eating and regular exercise as an investment in my long term health. You said it perfectly when you said "The specific type of exercise you choose isn't as important, though, as finding an activity that you can enjoy for your specific season of life." Thank you for such and honest and motivating perspective.
Ashley @ 7:30:00 AM 7/20/2012
Thanks Ashley. You and your husband as owners of Whole Body Fitness are a great encouragement and model for many. You are in the business of changing lives through nutrition and exercise.
Doug Hignell @ 8:41:00 AM 8/2/2012

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